The purpose of the IL BEI interpreter testing and certification process is to provide certification options to Illinois interpreters. The certification tests are both proficiency-based and criterion-referenced evaluations.
IL BEI MANUAL: The manual helps you to become familiar with the general format, content, and evaluation criteria used in the examinations, as well as, explain IDHHC's policies and procedures for the testing process.
DUE TO ITS CURRENT BACKLOG, IDHHC IS CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENT APPLICATIONS FOR THE BEI PERFORMANCE ADVANCE AND MASTER EXAMS. IDHHC WILL PROCESS ALL APPLICATIONS WHICH HAVE ALREADY BEEN RECEIVED. HOWEVER, PLEASE BE AWARE RESULTS ARE TAKING ANYWHERE BETWEEN 6-9 MONTHS. IF YOU HAVE SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION BUT HAVE NOT TESTED, YOU CAN CONTACT DHH.INTERPRETER@ILLINOIS.GOV TO CANCEL YOUR APPLICATION AND REQUEST A REFUND.
Due to the Licensure Renewal Period, all BEI application received after November 1, 2018, will be provided testing dates no earlier than January 2019. Please be aware, payments are processed upon receipt; however, it may take up to 45 days to process an application. IDHHC will then send an email with current testing dates. Due to the number of BEI applications being received, testing dates are often 3-4 months out.